Legislation Would Delay Polk Center Closure

Legislation will soon be introduced in the Senate that would place a moratorium on the closure of the Polk and White Haven State Centers, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson, a co-sponsor and strong supporter of the measure.

“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seemingly unmoved by the heartfelt appeals from the families of the residents who will be uprooted by the closure of these centers,” Senator Hutchinson said. “This move by DHS will be disruptive beyond description for those who have known no other home.  That means it is incumbent on the Legislature to take action to protect these vulnerable individuals.”

The legislation will delay the closure of Polk and White Haven as a way to give the state and families time to develop a stable safety net for the residents. 

“I continue to believe that the very best solution would be a total reversal of decision to close the facility and perhaps even an expansion of the services provided by the Polk Center,” Senator Hutchinson said. “But at the very least this moratorium will provide additional time to take steps to protect the well-being of its residents.”


Contact:  Justin Leventry      (717) 787-9684      jleventry@pasen.gov

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